Having represented the two highest-profile Swiss titles at Locarno last week, Paris-based sales-production house Wide has acquired international sales rights to “2 Nights Till Morning,” the English-language debut of Helsinki-based Mikko Kuparinen.
“2 Nights” toplines Canada’s Marie-Josee Croze, a Cannes 2003 best actress winner for Denys Arcand’s “Barbarian Invasions.” She was also a highlight in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” and played the speech therapist in Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” Finland’s Mikko Nousianen, seen in Renny Harlin’s “5 Days of War,” co-stars.
“2 Nights” plays Haugesund’s New Nordic Films screenings, which kicks off today, before getting its North American premiere at the Montreal Festival, which bows Aug. 27, and big market premiere at Toronto, which begins Sept. 10.
Also written by Kuparinen and his second feature after “Body Fat Index of Love,” “2 Nights Till Morning” stars Croze as a French architect on a business trip who meets Nouianen’s D.J. in Vilnius, Lithuania. They end up spending the night together. But what they expected to be a casual encounter takes an unexpected turn when volcanic ash cloud grounds all flights out of Vilnius.
“2 Nights Till Morning” is a “romantic drama that is very elegant and touching and which is addressed to a more mature and feminine audience,” said Wide founder-president Loic Magneron.
“Because the film is 90% in English we believe it can travel well internationally.” Starring Croze, “It is the collaboration between a new talent and a confirmed actress that convinced us to represent the film,” Magneron continued.
A TV and commercials director breaking ever more into film via internationally prized shorts — “Homevideo,” the half-hour “Truth or Dare” and “Sirocco” — Kuparinen also helmed 2009’s “The Unknown Soldier,” a two-hour TV version of a stage play, and TV movie “Mobile Horror.”
“Sirocco” scooped the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Grand Prix at Denmark’s 2013 Odense Film Festival. “Sirocco” and Kuparinen were also chosen for a 10 Directors to Watch DVD, published by four Nordic film magazines.
Based out of Helsinki’s Mjölk Movies. Marko Antila (“8-Pallo”) and Mikko Tenhunen, a 2015 Producer on the Move, produced “2 Nights Till Morning.” Kestas Drazdauskas, at Lithuania’s Artbox, co-produces.
At Locarno, Wide represented international competition omnibus feature “Wonderland,” a Swiss disaster movie with substance, Lionel Bauer’s euthanasia comedy “Vanity,” a Piazza Grande player, plus a third Swiss title: “Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents,” screened in the fest’s Swiss Panorama. Wide also presented Canadian Anne Emond’s “Our Loved Ones” charting the later-generation emotional legacy of a family tragedy, which was selected for the Swiss Fest’s Filmmakers of the Present.